Workshops & Programs
MEHLEM ZA DUSU - domestic violence support group with Indira KajosevicWorks with constituency that needs advice on domestic violence issues and strengthening personal resources. Offers weekly drop-in or scheduled counseling sessions, 2 hour support group for women, as well as a monthly 2 hour parenting support group working together with a facilitator.
"Our" Language ClassesWe will probably have small classes, which means that it will be easy to adapt to people with various skill levels. You may already know that Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian standard languages are less than 100 percent identical. We will alert you to the linguistic differences when they appear and will be encouraging you to speak in the version that you are most interested in.
In reply to the earlier question on Raccoon's listserv, regarding which particular language we will be studying: This depends entirely upon your individual needs. Say, if your spouse and all his or her relatives come from Belgrade and Nis, then the choice of Serbian makes eminent sense. But if you are planning to spend your summer 2003 hopping the islands in the Adriatic, Croatian should be your first choice.
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian - English On-Line Dictionary
We are offering just the intermediate course on Tuesdays with Bojana Zezelj. Price is $100 for a semester:
Tuesdays, 7 - 9 pm by Bojana Kovacevic-Zezelj, for intermediate level students.
Class days are marked blue on the calendar.
Raccoon's Soccer Reconciliation Club
Mondays, Thursdays, 8:30 pm; Facilitator: Amir Cekic
Come and play soccer at Cornell University (69th St. between 1st Ave. & York). Bring running shoes. When weather gets better we play outside! Suggested donation: $1. Click here for indoors pictures. Soccer days are marked green.
When announced in the Special Events Window on the right:
Continuing our film series, RACCOON will be showing current feature films and documentaries, shorts and series relating to the events affecting the peoples of former Yugoslavia. Films will touch on a variety of issues: causes of the crisis, experiences of the refugees, breakup of the country and the war that ensued. Also, included in the series will be those films that try to revive common cultural experience of what once was called Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Click here for the film schedule for season 2005. Film days marked brown on the calendar.
Temporary coordinator: Ivo Skoric.
Women's GroupMonthly meeting at Raccoon Space. Facilitator: Nada Khodlova. Thursday evenings: October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, 7 - 9 PM
Our monthly gatherings are a place to learn, support, share, and have fun in the great land of womanhood. Come and join us in a variety of topics for exploration, such as art and history of belly dancing; arts in recovery; women and children; women's crafts; women's bodies; women's history and more! Guest presenters and video presentation will be included. Women's Group days are marked green.
In this activity people will share their memories and stories through food recipes from the old place. Bring your favorite food dish from back home and we will make a feast. Bring the recipes, too!
Call for Personal Stories!
If you are coming from any place in former SFRY, please write us a short story about the city, township or village you are coming from. Also, write us about the beautifull places you visited there. Raccoon will link the best of your stories with the locations on the map in the Cyber-Yugo Project. Please, e-mail your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. During wars for Yugoslav succession, many observers were confounded with the fact that many events were not what they appeared to be, and even remained understood and explained entirely different by the different sides of the conflict through today. Narratives can be used to reconstruct past events, and they can deconstruct competing narratives in advance, as events unfold, and after the fact. Some stories prevail publicly. Some stories appear to be obvious from the causal mechanisms of history. But even those that lay claim to detailed knowledge of unfolding events are tentative, incomplete, and doomed to remain so. Centuries ago, philosopher Immanuel Kant cleverly proposed that pure reason cannot contain sociohistoric inquiry. Social reality is a many-layered thing: dark secrets and lies are its necessary parts. Consequently, no reconstruction, by participants or observers, before, during, or after the fact, gets the whole story. There is no whole story, only stories from various points of view. And each one of them is immensely valuable to us. Peace is possible if each individual story is given value!